Today is World Mental Health Day. At T&T we believe that true mental health needs community. Doctors do an amazing job – we’re lucky to have great practices like Albion Street Group Practice locally, a forward-thinking local NHS, and trusts like Guys and St Thomas’ Charity. But doctors can’t cure isolation and loneliness, or create community. It’s not their job. How could they? We know they are already stretched beyond capacity.
So alongside proper medical mental health support for people in crisis and distress, the prescription we all need is fun, friendship and mutual support. If more people felt part of a community, and the support that comes from a place where people look after each other, GPs would find their waiting lists shortening – and everyone would be much happier, and healthier – whatever ther level of need.
This is where we come in.
But anyway, what do you think?